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Licence Conditions

Every liquor licence in NSW is subject to licence conditions. Some conditions are imposed automatically by the NSW liquor laws and others can be imposed by the Secretary of the Department of Customer Service or the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Board (ILGA).

Conditions may be added to your licence either when it is granted or after a serious complaint or incident involving your venue.

Statutory licence conditions

The following documents set out conditions which apply to liquor licences automatically:

Note these statutory conditions have been updated to reflect changes made in the Liquor Regulation 2018.

Standard conditions

The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority and/or its delegates may impose standard conditions on liquor licences. Applicants can use the Standard conditions form (PDF 689.6 KB) to discuss the conditions with NSW Police prior to lodging their liquor licence application.

Conditions for Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts

All venues in the Kings Cross precinct or Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct have special licence conditions to help reduce alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in those areas.

Conditions for a specific venue

You can check what conditions apply to a particular liquor licence on the Service NSW website.

What your staff need to know

All staff working in a venue need to understand the venue’s liquor licence, authorisations and conditions. It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure the licence, authorisations and conditions are available on site at all times.

Extended trading hours for hotels and clubs

Extended trading hours may be approved for hotels and eligible registered clubs to coincide with significant special events, such as major sporting events.

Extended trading hours conditions

Conditions apply on extended trading for special events.

Extended trading hours won’t allow you to:

  • make takeaway liquor sales during the extended period
  • override any existing trading hour restrictions that have been imposed on a hotel or registered club under the liquor laws.

Hotels and clubs that are already approved to trade during the above extended hours are not affected by these special arrangements.

Easter and Anzac Day liquor trading hours 2020 – takeaway and delivery only

Takeaway and delivery liquor trading hours for Easter and Anzac Day are below.

Statement of Regulatory Intent allows these changes.

Good Friday
10 April 2020

Easter
Saturday

11 April 2020

Easter Sunday
12 April 2020

Easter Monday
13 April 2020 

Anzac Day
Saturday 25 April 2020

Clubs

Noon – 10pm
(depending on your usual trading hour authorisation on a normal trading day)

Liquor sales only allowed with sale of a meal

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Hotels

Noon – 10pm
(depending on your usual trading hour authorisation on a normal trading day)

Liquor sales only allowed with sale of a meal

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Small bars

Noon – 10pm
(depending on your usual trading hour authorisation on a normal trading day)

Liquor sales only allowed with sale of a meal

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Restaurants and cafes

Noon – 10pm
(depending on your usual trading hour authorisation on a normal trading day)

Liquor sales only allowed with sale of a meal

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Producer / wholesalers

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Normal trading hours

Packaged liquor retailers / delivery

Closed

Normal trading hours

Closed, unless you have an existing exemption

Normal trading hours

Closed until 1pm, unless you have an existing exemption

Important for all licensees to note:

Licensees need to abide by all of their usual trading hour conditions and authorisations, including:

  • the restriction on takeaway and delivery trading past 11pm on Sunday and 12 midnight on any other daytrading hour or other specific conditions on your liquor licence
  • trading hour conditions imposed by your local consent authority (usually your local council)
  • retail trading laws – ensure your venue is only staffed by people who freely elect to work on the day
  • 6-hour closure requirements.

If you have more than one liquor licence, ensure any takeaway and delivery alcohol sales comply with the relevant licence’s conditions and requirements.

Contact your local council office, Liquor & Gaming NSW or Fair Trading NSW if you have questions about these conditions.